Like a Decrepit Orange Phoenix, Trump Approval Rating Rises

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

It is like we are on a rollercoaster, except the rollercoaster is forever and Michael Cohen is threatening us over a loudspeaker!


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Forty-two percent of Americans approve of Trump, up seven points since February for no discernible reason. That is... a lot... of people! God bless America! [CNN]
  • And so it continues: in an amendment to her ongoing lawsuit against Trump, Stormy Daniels has sued Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for defamation. Daniels alleges that Cohen defamed her by suggesting that she lied about sleeping with Trump. [The Hill]
  • In a rare overture to U.S. allies, Trump joined other Western countries and expelled 60 Russians from the U.S. in response to the recent nerve gas attack in the UK against a former Russian spy and his daughter. [New York Times]
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection campaign is off to a beautiful start, why do you ask? [New York Post]
  • Mitch McConnell is introducing a bill that would relax outdated regulations on the hemp industry, which, while not necessarily a bad idea, is certainly quite far down the list of laws Americans are currently on the streets demanding, isn’t it? Anyway, congratulations to my childhood friend Evan, whose bill “Legalize Hemp” was brutally stalled by a fearmongering 13-year-old during the Kentucky Youth Assembly conference of 2003. [Politico]
  • Today in News That Won’t Surprise You in the Least, Ryan Zinke reportedly told Interior employees that diversity isn’t important. [CNN]
  • Also in that category, Trump just got hit with 30 new ethics complaints. [NBC]

Here are some tweets the President was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.



Of course this administration is getting hounded with ethics complaints: they deliberately cancelled all their ethics briefings during the transition. Even if they intended not to be evil (riiiiight), they don’t know the rules they’re supposed to be following.

As an aside, thank you to everyone who reached out to me over SNS about my brother’s passing. I couldn’t respond to each of you, but it meant more than I can say. I appreciate y’all.